More on the problem of “freedom of expression” in Western television programming and the Chinese Communist Party’s move to reduce the influence of American-style programming (trash TV) in favor of more socially healthy content: John Stewart nails so much that is troublesome about unregulated American television in the first clip, and the popular Chinese drama “Bu Bu Jing Xin” (“Startled with Each Step”) I wrote about earlier this week is embedded afterward as a pretty compelling alternative form of TV that entertains without bottom-feeding.
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Next, China: This is episode 2. The hip 21st century Beijing city girl, age 25, finds herself, Dorothy-in-Oz style, trapped in palace life of the early Qing Dynasty court in the Forbidden City, inhabiting the body of a young candidate for betrothal or concubinage to the Emperor Kangxi or one of his fifty-odd sons. Several of those sons (the “Princes” named by order of birth in the episode below) are as bewitched by her mysteriously unconventional values and conduct (being 21st century) as they are by her beauty. One of the Princes, number 4, as she knows from the history classes she took three centuries later, will end up succeeding to the throne after a period of intense rivalry and intrigue against his brothers.
If it sounds all-too-stodgy and schooly, swab your ears and shoot your expectations: the writers do a great job of adding laughs along the way as our heroine’s modern ways clash with the intensely traditional (and often intensely superior) culture of the Imperial past.
Here it is:
View all 35 episodes, with English subtitles, on Viki.